July 5, 2018-February 28, 2019
Banneker-Douglass Museum proudly presented The Douglass Reading Room from July 5, 2018-February 28, 2019 in celebration of the “Year of Frederick Douglass.” The Douglass Reading Room brings to life the writings and living quarters of Douglass’ homes – connecting historical themes with modern day discussions. The exhibit features books written by and about Frederick Douglass, as well as works by influential African American authors and noted artists. The exhibit design was inspired by his homes: “Twin Oaks” summer cottage in Highland Beach, “Cedar Hill” home in Anacostia, Washington, DC, and “Douglass Place” in Baltimore City.
Guest Curator, Gregory Morton states, “My goal is for people to walk into The Douglass Reading Room exhibit and feel at home. Appreciate what Douglass represented. Through examining art and literature, reflect on your own talents and aspirations. Know that you, too, can accomplish greatness. Douglass has an amazing legacy, but we, too, should be thinking about our own legacy, asking ourselves who were are helping? What are we leaving behind to inspire others?”